California energy authority tells residents to 'avoid' charging their electric cars due to heat wave

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Days after California announced that they would be banning the sale of gas-powered cars by 2035, the state’s Independent System Operator is now calling for residents to participate in “voluntary conservation” and to “set thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, avoid using large appliances and charging electric vehicles, and turn off unnecessary lights” over the upcoming Labor Day weekend that is forecasted to be especially hot.

The operator also said Californians should be alert for “a series of emergency notifications.”

Southern California and other parts of the state are expecting blistering heat beginning on Wednesday and intensifying through the extended holiday weekend. The California Independent System Operator which manages the electric grid for approximately 80 percent of the state warned that the system is expected to be strained as businesses and residents crank up their air conditioning units.

According to a heat bulletin released late Tuesday, the peak load for electricity is projected to exceed 48,000 megawatts (on Labor Day), the highest of the year and about 14 percent higher than Tuesday’s peak.

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